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Discover healthy savings with these budget recipes!

25 Oct 2023

3 minute read

Discover healthy savings with these budget recipes!

In today's fast-paced, inflating world, balancing eating healthy and managing your budget can be challenging. Luckily for you, we've got some delicious and budget-friendly recipes that will keep both your taste buds and wallet happy 🥗. Say goodbye to expensive lunches and hello to satisfying, money-saving meals. Not only are these recipes easy on your wallet, but they're also a fantastic way to get your daily dose of greens. Below are some curated mouthwatering recipes that are not only budget-friendly, but also incredibly delicious 👇

  1. Chickpea and Veggie Salad

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  • 1 can of chickpeas drained and rinsed.

  • Mixed greens (lettuce, spinach, or arugula).

  • 1 cucumber, diced.

  • 1 capsicum, chopped.

  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced.

  • Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved.

  • Optional: feta cheese crumbles.

Lemon Herb Dressing:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil.

  • Juice of 1 lemon.

  • 1 tsp dried herbs (oregano, basil, thyme).

  • Salt and pepper to taste.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the chickpeas, mixed greens, cucumber, capsicum, red onion, and cherry tomatoes.

  2. Whisk together the lemon herb dressing ingredients and drizzle over the salad.

  3. Toss well, and if desired, sprinkle with feta cheese crumbles.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

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  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed.

  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained, and rinsed.

  • 1 red capsicum, diced.

  • 1 cup cucumber, diced.

  • 1/4 cup red onion finely chopped.

  • Handful of fresh parsley, chopped.

Zesty Mediterranean Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil.

  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar.

  • 1 clove garlic, minced.

  • 1 tsp dried oregano.

  • Salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions and let it cool.

  2. Combine the cooked quinoa, black beans, red capsicum, cucumber, red onion, and parsley in a bowl.

  3. Whisk together the zesty Mediterranean dressing and drizzle over the salad.

  4. Toss gently

Caprese Salad with a Twist

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  • Tomatoes, sliced.

  • Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced.

  • Fresh basil leaves.

  • Optional: Avocado slices.

  • Balsamic reduction or balsamic vinaigrette.


  1. Arrange alternating slices of tomatoes, mozzarella, and avocado (if using) on a plate.

  2. Tuck fresh basil leaves between the slices.

  3. Drizzle with a balsamic reduction or balsamic vinaigrette.

Eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive, and with these recipes in your back pocket, you'll save money while savouring every bite. So why not give them a try and enjoy both the flavours and the savings? Your taste buds and your bank account will thank you 💸.